There is a housing affordability crisis in Australia, yet there is no Commonwealth Government strategy to address the growing numbers of people experiencing housing stress and homelessness. Homeownership is on the decline, fewer households are achieving mortgage-free homes before retirement, the private rental market cannot provide affordable homes for people living on low incomes, and our social housing system is not meeting the needs of our citizens. Inadequate social security payment levels, unemployment, and a poorly targeted and insufficient Commonwealth
In our response to the draft Productivity Commission's Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services Draft Report, National Shelter reflects the premise that social housing is broken, and argues for a systemic approach to reform taking in the whole of the Australian housing system including the growing private rental segment and changing patterns of home purchase and retention.
Aussie renters facing insecurity and poor quality housing, with 50% reporting discrimination
Report EMBARGOED until Thursday 16 February 2017
National Shelter has partnered with CHOICE and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations to call for governments to prioritise rental security and quality issues, alongside housing affordability, as a national study reveals widespread fear and discrimination faced by thousands of Australians.
“Governments across Australia are rightly focused on the issue of housing affordability. Affordability is extremely important to renters, but it
National Shelter welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Australian Labor Party Discussion Paper on Housing Affordability. Our submission is based upon National Shelter’s role as Australia’s peak housing advocacy organisation, our Policy Platform, Meeting Australia’s Housing Challenges, developed over a number of years in consultation with our members across the country, as well as more recent consultations National Shelter conducted around the National Affordable Housing Agreement.
National Shelter has worked closely with Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), Homelessness Australia, the National Association for
Financial impact of asset transfers from state/territory governments to community housing organisations
This report was written for National Shelter by Sphere consulting. It explores the appetite and issues relating to stock transfer around the country. It also provides a model showing the minimum level of asset transfer needed to optimise the leverage from such transfers.
This report is the result of a series of consultations held by National Shelter around the country on the strengths and weaknesses of the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). It contains a series of recommendations to strengthen the agreement.